River Crescent residents’ get-together!

River Crescent – just south of Perth Road
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending what has become a very pleasant annual fixture when the residents of River Crescent get together for a coffee and cake at the rather superb cafe at Dundee Botanic Garden, near to River Crescent itself.

It was an extremely pleasant afternoon and good to chat with local residents about a variety of local issues.   River Crescent has a very active and hard-working residents’ association who do really good work for the local neighbourhood.

Tuesday update

Today, I took part in the Jericho House Support Group latest meeting, at which we discussed and planned events for this very worthwhile project, including a dance during November and also a play Jericho House is planning on the subject of recovery from alcoholism.  It is hoped the play will run during West End Christmas Week.  The recent sponsored walk for Jericho House raised nearly £1000 – an excellent result.

Later on, I attended the West End Schools Project Board – the board set up to oversee the building project on the former Logie Secondary School site on Blackness Road for a new St Joseph’s Primary School and Park Place Nursery and Primary Schools.    I mentioned that the City Council must consider the need for a school crossing patroller on Glenagnes Road when the new schools open in October 2012.

Tonight, I attended a meeting of River Crescent Residents’ Association at which I discussed with residents a number of local matters, including the possibility of a Friends group for Riverside Nature Park and local roads issues.

This morning’s Courier covered my comments about Royal Mail’s decision to close the Crichton Street collection office and tonight’s Evening Telegraph reported on the 4S bus situation to St John’s High School and my concerns at the removal of this school bus.    A meeting of parents about the matter has been arranged for next Wednesday and I have booked Blackness Library for that meeting.

River Crescent Residents’ Association AGM

Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to address the Annual General Meeting of the River Crescent Residents’ Association, held in the Education Centre of Dundee Botanic Garden (pictured right).

I gave an overview of West End projects and local issues and residents raised a number of matters, including vehicle speeds on Perth Road, Ninewells Avenue and Riverside Drive.

River Crescent has a vibrant residents’ group and it was a real pleasure to speak with local residents at their AGM yesterday.

River Crescent Residents’ Association

Tonight I attended the latest committee meeting of River Crescent Residents’ Association, at which I gave an update on West End local matters, including the launch of WESHAthe success of WestFest and the forthcoming Blackness Fire Station Open Day.

We also discussed the need for 20mph zones in residential areas, an issue I am to be discussing with the City Council’s Head of Transportation tomorrow.

Recent activities …

* Last night, I attended the Blackness Primary School Parent Council meeting at which, in addition to planning for the school’s fete on 11th June, we discussed a number of issues including the need for ‘zig zag’ no parking markings adjacent to the school.   I have again raised this matter with the City Council’s Head of Transportation.

* Later last night, I attended the River Crescent Residents’ Association meeting.   We had a useful discussion about a number of local matters including a local water leak issue (I have raised with Scottish Water), road safety locally and pathway access to the soon to be opened Riverside Nature Park.

* The Courier this morning published Dundee councillors’ allowances and expenses totals for 2010/11.   My LibDem colleague Helen Dick and I again have the lowest claims, claiming no expenses at all and maintaining a salary cut that we have taken since April 2009.

Tuesday evening

Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking with the young people who attend the East 2 West youth group at the Bharatiya Ashram Dudhope Centre and also discuss funding issues with the group organisers.

Thereafter, I attended the latest River Crescent Residents’ Association meeting, at which I updated the group on a number of West End issues, including schools rebuilding projects, the Riverside Nature Park and on winter maintenance.